Frank Hirahara: WSU Alum Documents Japanese Internment

October 24, 2014
Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture


Frank Hirahara (BS, EE, 1948) passed away in 2006, but his legacy lives on in thousands of photos that document the dark history of Japanese internment in the U.S. during WWII.

Originally from Yakima, Washington, Hirahara was 16 in 1942 when he and his family, along with over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans all along the West Coast, were wrongly imprisoned in concentration camps due to wartime hysteria and prejudice. Hirahara was sent to the bleak Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming for two and a half years. There, he and his father,  who were avid photographers, took more than 2000 photos and built a secret darkroom under their barrack apartment as they documented life inside an internment camp.

Grant funds 'smart city' power grid lab at WSU

October 17, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies.

Scientists have received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a city of the future in WSU’s engineering buildings complete with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

In a sea of crimson, Voiland College celebrates new name

September 19, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – When Gene Voiland graduated from Washington State University in 1969, he wanted to get out of Pullman and leave a history of parking tickets behind.

He never dreamed that he would come back one day to join a joyous celebration that included about 800 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends for the naming of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

The education and mentoring that he received at WSU from professors like George Austin left an indelible mark on him and allowed him and his wife Linda to thrive, Voiland told the large crowd at Thursday’s celebration on the Pullman campus.

Student club night deemed a success

September 11, 2014

Victoria Sandmeyer

Nearly 200 students packed into a lecture hall in Sloan Hall on September 3rd for “Student Club Night” where faculty, staff and student club leaders provided both pizza and food for thought to new EECS students. The atmosphere was lively and all faces were engaged as the new students were called to get involved in a hands-on way with their future.

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